In what can only be described as the most rambling, insane, and downright frightening press conference in a year full of them, Donald Trump outdid himself today, in what was ostensibly supposed to have been an introduction to his nominee for labor secretary… uh, I don’t even remember who it was. Did he ever mention the guy?
There was a lot going on here, to put it mildly, from Trump calling himself the least racist, least anti-semitic person ever, to refusing to answer outright whether or not anyone from his campaign had been in contact with Russia leading up to the election. But this exchange right here, with April Ryan from American Urban Radio Networks, is a contender for most cringeworthy.
Would Trump be meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to talk about his plan to deal with inner cities, which again, he reminded us, are living hells, she asked.
“Well I would,” Trump said. “I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting!? Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting! Let’s go set up a meeting.”
It was unclear why it would be expected that it would be the responsibility of Ryan — a reporter — to set up a meeting between the executive and legislative branches of government.
.@AprilDRyan asked Trump if he’ll meet with the Congressional Black Caucus.
He responded: “Are they friends of yours?” pic.twitter.com/17fo0G6meK
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) February 16, 2017
The CBC responded shortly thereafter:
— The CBC (@OfficialCBC) February 16, 2017